Audio recordings of the meeting are available upon request

The Hancock County Commissioners’ public hearing on LUPC 1-mile adjacency principle petition adoption was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioner Brown in attendance.

Commissioner Blasi read the following statement:

“In mid April, petitions containing 47 signatures* were received requesting the Hancock County Commissioners to resolve to the Land Use Planning Commission to retain the current 1-mile Adjacency Principle. Today’s public hearing is an opportunity for you to speak on whether or not we should adopt that Petition today, and issue one of the two following Resolutions in time for the LUPC Public Hearing on Revisions to the existing Adjacency Principle on June 20th

He read two draft resolutions, one resolving to the LUPC to retain the 1 mile adjacency principle, and the other resolving to the LUPC to retain the 1 mile adjacency principle and for the LUPC to hold an additional public hearing on the proposed rule changes, due to the fact that revised adjacency rules had been published in May, which was after the original LUPC public hearing held in April.

Commissioner Blasi read a letter submitted by Representative Ralph Chapman.  CA Adkins read a letter of public comment submitted by John Greenman of Orland.  The following members of the public addressed the commission regarding their concerns about proposed changes to the current rules of the LUPC One-Mile Adjacency Principle: Jane Crosen Washburn of Penobscot, she also read a letter from Ben Emory of Salisbury Cove; Karen Cote of Orland, she also read a letter from Jennifer Riefler of Verona Island; Jody Spear of Harborside;  Patsy Shankle of Surry; Melanie Zader of Surry; David Weeda of Bucksport; Richard Washburn of Penobscot;  Bonnie Preston of Blue Hill; Denise Barbieri of Ellsworth.

Commissioner Brown said he was glad everyone came to express concerns.  He said it would be important for this group to go to the rule making process, and their voices would have more impact in that forum.  Commissioner Blasi said during the LUPC staff presentation to the commission on June 5, they said comments from any board of commissioners would be received with weight.

MOTION: adopt the petition presented to the commission in April (Blasi/Brown 2-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown said all three commissioners aren’t here, and it was not on the agenda to adopt the resolution.  He said if there was a dissenting party among the commission, they should have the opportunity to comment on the draft resolutions.

The commissioners directed the administration to compose a letter of support similar to the language in the second resolution, and circulate among all commissioners for approval and signature, and to fax and/or email the approved letter to the chair of LUPC, before the LUPC meeting on Wednesday, June 20. 

MOTION: to adjourn 7:01 pm (Blasi/Brown 2-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

*the signature count on the petitions was 57

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